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Migraines and digestive issues

Hello there
I know migraines can cause you to have nausea vomiting etc, but can issues with digestion cause migraines instead?
Whenever my friend takes a bowel movement, or is about to have one or just eats or drinks anything the migraine headaches start.
Headache affects burping to, so a need to burp is required.

Basically it's been going on like this for weeks every single day.

Please can someone guide us!!!
Thank you

  1. Hi PennyP,

    Thanks for your question. Digestive issues can be part of and trigger a migraine attack, which you can read more about here; https://migraine.com/migraine-types/gastric-stasis-migraine/.

    If you haven't contacted the doctor yet, that may be a good idea. Anytime we have new and/or different symptoms it's always a good idea to discuss them with the doctor so he can rule out anything more serious.

    Best wishes,
    Nancy

    1. Thank you.
      Can i ask can migraines cause drowsiness? Not the medication but them themselves?
      Thank you for your response

      1. Hi PennyP,

        Yes, fatigue can be part of a migraine attack, during all stages of which there are four. When you get a moment take a look at this information on the four stages of a migraine attack; https://migraine.com/infographic/the-four-phases-graphic/.

        Gardensatnight gave you great information! Eye strain can certainly trigger a migraine attack and photophobia (sensitivity to light) can trigger and be part of an attack. Let me share a few links with you on diet, triggers and seeing a true migraine expert, which can make all the difference.

        https://migraine.com/?s=photophobia&submit=Go
        https://migraine.com/blog/visual-disturbances-involving-one-eye/
        https://migraine.com/?s=diet&submit=Go
        https://migraine.com/?s=triggers&submit=Go.

        Another thing to keep in mind is if we take pain relievers and/or migraine medication, whether they are over-the-counter or prescription, more than two to three days a week, can increase our risk of getting rebound headache or medication overuse headache. If we are in a rebound cycle it's likely that we'll have daily pain and our migraine attacks may be more difficult to treat. Too much caffeine, for those who are sensitive to it, can also create rebound headache. I had it due to caffeine (which is a stimulant) and have to restrict my caffeine intake to one cup a day! Here is information on rebound headache; https://migraine.com/living-migraine/stop-rebound-headaches/.

        You may want to seek out the help of a true migraine/headache - a doctor who is board certified in headache medicine, which is different than being certified in neurology. Neurologists may be fine doctors, but have a hard time being experts in one area because they treat so many different disorders such as multiple sclerosis, stroke, epilepsy, Parkinson's and others. Here is more information on how these doctors are different and how to find one; http://migraine.com/blog/how-are-migraine-specialists-different/ and https://migraine.com/blog/really-find-headache-specialist/.

        I hope this helps,

        Nancy

      2. Excellent information thank your so much
        How can you combat light sensitivity like is there any product you can buy?
        Thanks

    2. YES. Migraines make me very drowsy/out of it.

      1. Thank you so much

        How comes her migraines last every single day! Even with medication
        And when she tries to look into the mirror or at a screen the head starts throbbing.
        Staring causes head pain.
        It's been like this weeks, any experience or insight please!?!?
        Thanks you

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